In recent months, there have been numerous soap villains on the box who have been getting away with far too much in recent weeks.
Whether it’s their bad manners, shady dealings, blackmail, or even murder, it has been quite unpleasant to see these characters walk around like they’re a chosen saint one minute, and then behaving like they’re the devil’s spawn the next.
Here at On The Box, we’ve selected five soap characters we feel deserve their comeuppance this year.
In absolutely any way possible.
5. Phil Mitchell
There have been many villains during EastEnders‘ 28 year run, some nastier than others. But while Phil Mitchell has been more anti-hero than villain these past few years, he’s still done things in the past that have made us viewers really red in the face.
His treatment of other Square residents haven’t exactly earned him a nice word of mouth, as well as the fact that he has several times jeopardised Lola’s chances of getting baby Lexi back, covering up his son Ben Mitchell’s murder of the much loved Heather Trott.
Seriously analysing Phil Mitchell really puts his character in perspective. You’ll see someone who’s traumatised, lonely, and mentally damaged from years of feuding, manipulation, violence, and abuse.
But to many mainstream soap viewers, he is summed up in one word: bully.
4. Kylie Platt
Kyle started off in Corrie as a bit of a wild child, but ultimately grew more mature and wise, eventually settling into a marriage with former wild child David Platt. But it seems her crazy antics have cost her a huge deal.
Kylie ended up having a one night stand with Nick Tilsley, following an argument with David, as well as Nick being jilted at the altar by Leanne (They’re together now).
Now Kylie’s pregnant and the child could either be Nick’s or David’s. It’s a classic soap dilemma, and one that had Corrie viewers hooked instantly. Whoever the father is, Kylie’s life is sure to unravel in the worst possible way.
3. Will Savage
In a way like Kylie, Will entered Hollyoaks a very different character: Geeky, shy, and very insecure. However, during his tenure, his character has taken many dark turns that have ultimately made him a weirder, psychotically disturbed character. He has deceived his family, and manipulated many more. Including most recently Texas Longford, who he’s trapped in a web of lies, which are only getting deeper and deeper.
With an upcoming wedding on the horizon, it stages the perfect opportunity for Will to get his just deserts. But with the events that will transpire following his wedding, will the village see the true Will manifest, and turn him into an village outcast? And will that includes his family too?
2. Karl Munro
I always knew Karl would be a sly character, but I didn’t know it would take this long to reach this low.
As his obsession of winning back Stella grew, he resorted to burning down The Rovers Return in order to make some form of play back into Stella’s good books.
This led to a tragic turn of events, where Sunita Alahan (Karl’s ex mistress) caught him in the act of torching the cellar of the Rovers, threatening Karl’s Grade A plan in the process. A scuffle later and Sunita is out cold surrounded in flames, as Karl escapes into the street, leaving Sunita to die.
Karl then somehow stoops even lower by turning off Sunita’s life support, killing her in the process. This dreadful act has sadly – but not surprisingly – lead Karl & Stella getting back together. But, as ever in soaps, an act like this will ultimately come back to haunt Karl when the time is right. And in true soap fashion, it may just be at the wedding altar.
1. Cameron Murray
Carl King may not have been the nicest villain on Emmerdale Farm, but he surely didn’t deserve a gruesome end by Cameron Murray of all people.
Since smacking Carl in the head with a bloody brick, Cameron has resorted to new lows in order for his grubby secret to stay hidden. So much that he murdered again. Alex Moss was the next character to meet Cameron’s deadly hands, and ended up in a muddy grave in the Emmerdale woods.
Serial Killer stories rarely end well for the killer themselves, so it’s obvious to note that Cameron Murray will finally meet his maker when the time is right. Whether it’s this summer, Christmas, or maybe even 2014, if the writers can make this storyline as exciting as when it commenced, we’re in for an absolute treat.
The term ‘guilty pleasure’ is really annoying. If you take pleasure in something, then that’s awesome – embrace the joy. Feeling bad because you like One Direction or Grease 2 is a complete waste of energy.
However, there’s people out there who’ll try and bring you down for what you like to watch on telly. They’re arseholes, but sometimes etiquette means you can’t say that to their face. What you need is a watertight excuse, something that’ll shut down these mouth-breathers so completely that you can watch all the Hollyoaks you want and they won’t say a peep. As always, OnTheBox is here to help. Read more
The fresh faces arriving this autumn will be Bernice Blackstock’s lover, a new father-daughter duo and an old acquaintance of Rhona Goskirk.
Vanessa Woodfield, an old college friend of Rhona’s, played by The Royal actress Michelle Hardwick (pictured) will arrive as a “breath of fresh air” to reinvigorate life at the vet’s surgery. It is rumoured that she will clash with Paddy Goskirk with her tendency to speak her mind.
Also joining will be actor Tom Mannion (Taggart, Casualty, Doctors) as Bernice’s devilishly charming lover Steve Harland.
The final newcomers will be mechanic Dominic Andrews, played by Wil Johnson (Waking The Dead) and his wayward daughter Gemma, who will be played by 14-year-old Tendai Rinomhota in her TV debut.
Viewers saw him take a brick to the head, first from Chas Dingle and then by Cameron Murray. Carl, whose funeral will take place next Friday, has been on the show for eight years and has appeared in more than 1000 episodes.
Carl is not the first King to exit the soap. His departure comes only a couple of years after his father, Tom, who was murdered by Carl on his wedding night to Rosemary Sinclair over Christmas 2006. Carl’s brother Matthew also had a dramatic departure from the show in December 2008, when after a disastrous wedding day to Anna De Souza, Matthew drove a van straight towards his brother but swerved when Carl jumped out of the way, hit a brick wall and went through the windscreen, dying moments later.
Completing the violent quartet, his sister-in-law Sadie who was written out of the show in September 2006 in suspicious circumstances following the kidnapping of Tom King.
First broadcast on 16 October 1972, it is the UK’s second oldest sitcom and has broadcast over six thousand episodes. Emmerdale, which started life as Emmerdale Farm four decades ago will commemorate this achievement with a special one hour live episode to be broadcast tonight from a set partially constructed for the occasion.
With all the upheaval and extra work involved there are certain to be some nervous thesps. None more so than Emmerdale producer Stuart Blackburn, who acknowledged in an interview with the BBC that the main reason people watch live episodes is because they secretly hope it will go wrong. But he hopes that taking the risk along with a plot featuring two couples tying the knot, two babies being born as well as one death will hopefully attract some new viewers to the show.
Appearance: Every night at 7pm, around dusk, like a badger.
Haven’t they all been shot? Fine, it appears in the early evening, like a badger would do, if it hadn’t been shot.
Thank you. Anyway, I mean what does it look like? Oh – northern. And wearing a party hat.
Party hats?! What’s to celebrate? Two disastrous weddings, two babies born into unhappy families and a high probability of someone dying, all filmed live tonight!
I’ll get the bubbly… It’s not all bad, you know.
Oh yeah? Yeah, Scouting For Girls are going to play, one of the actors will be out of work, and it’s going to last for a full hour! Okay….I see your point.
Well, a bit of music might be alright I suppose, who else is playing? Glad you asked, there’s a set from Wedding Industry Award (Entertainment Sector) winners Hip Operation!
I see, is Hip Operation a cryptic nod to how one of them will pop his or her clogs? Not likely, mate, not unless they’re having the hip operation as the result of leaping out of the bedroom window of their lover’s flaming house still wearing a Soviet uniform and screaming “The baby’s yours, the baby’s yours, your sperm accidentally splashed on me in the bus crash last week!”
Did that happen?! I don’t know, I don’t watch it.
You don’t know, do you? It’s more than that.
You don’t care? Bingo.